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NGO extends duration of free UGC net
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust, a non-government organisation (NGO), engaged in creating awareness of UGC net in the region, has extended the duration of free UGC net postal service for students of North India.

This service was launched in March this year for the June test. Around 2,600 candidates from different parts of North India availed this service. Considering the previous response, the trust has decided to extend the service for the December test too. Under this service aspirants can get any information regarding UGC net by post free of cost.

Discussing the need of the service, Prof D.C. Kataria, Director, said many students failed to get proper information about the UGC net exam in small towns and villages of North India. Taking this into consideration, the trust had started this service.

Giving information about the procedure to obtain information, Professor Kataria further said the students would have to send self-addressed stamped envelops. They could get UGC application form/ result gadgets/any other information without paying any cost. They had to send the letter at #164/2, Sector 16-A, Chandigarh. 



Save education convention at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The North India Save Education Convention of the All-India Save Education Committee was held in the English auditorium, Panjab University, here today. Students and teachers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Ladakh participated in the event.

The convention was presided over by Prof Avinder Pal Singh. He said education was a medium for social development and it was the responsibility of every welfare state to provide qualitative education to all without any disparity. But, in Punjab, rather the whole country, it was being commercialised.

Mr Dipankar Roy, general secretary of the All-India Save Education Committee, said monopolist houses seemed to have all the freedom to reap unlimited profits. But the quality of education was deteriorating, he said.

Others speakers stressed that there was a need to expand and strengthen the save education movement.



School takes education to doorstep of poor students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 11
As part of a literacy week campaign, teachers of DAV Public School re-established their contact with children of Guru Nanak Colony as part of their effort to take education to their doorstep at Jagatpura.

Under its ambitious “Shardha” project, the school had adopted about 25 students of Guru Nanak Colony, which was demolished by the authorities around two months ago.

After the demolition of the colony, these students had stopped coming to the school. Most of these now lived at Jagatpura and Kumbhra.

“We decide to take education to the doorstep of these students since they were facing difficulty in commuting to the school. Teachers prepared two assignments for these students. They would have to complete these sitting in their houses.

The first bunch of the assignments was delivered to the students on Saturday, said Ms Jaya Bhardwaj, Principal of the school, who herself led the teachers to the colony to deliver the assignments to the students.

The school has formed a group of eight teachers — Alka Mahajan, Leena Verma, Ira Suri, Meenakshi, Shelley, Monica Sharma, Kiran and Monica Loraiya — to monitor the progress of these students.

These teachers would go to the colony every week to follow up and guide the students as regards assignments. The school also provided stationery and primer to the students.

“We would continue visiting the colony until some arrangement is made by the parents to send the children to the school,” said the Principal after interacting with the students.



Another fasting UIET student hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Nandan, a student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), had to be hospitalised today after his condition deteriorated while sitting on an indefinite fast outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor on the Panjab University campus here.

Ever since the strike by UIET started four days ago, two students have been hospitalised so far.

A spokesman of the students said Nandan had been replaced by another student, Tenzin. The second student sitting on the fast was Rohit.

The students have been demanding that they be given another chance to appear in exams. The students said the results for the last semester were declared on May 21 and the next exams were held on May 25. The authorities should have given at least 15 days to the students to prepare for the exams. Due to the indifference of the authorities, 42 students were affected.

To consider the issue, a meeting was held in presence of the Dean University (Instructions), Mr V.K.Bansal, the Dean, Students Welfare, Prof Nirmal Singh, and the UIET Director, Mr B.S.Sohi. The issue was again likely to be discussed by the university authorities on Monday.

The students claimed that their agitation was being supported by PUSU president Amandeep Singh. 



A clarification
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 11
Apropos to news item, “Teachers’ Brawl”, printed in these columns on September 6, it was inadvertently mentioned that a physics and a commerce lecturer of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 6, had assaulted a colleague, Rajesh Kumar, after the Teachers’ Day party. It were the Sanskrit and mathematics lecturers who had assaulted Mr Rajesh Kumar. The error is regretted. 



‘Gaban’, a tribute to Munshi Prem Chand
S.D. Sharma

A Bhopal-based pioneer theatre group ‘Toli’ paid tribute to the literary genius Munshi Prem Chand on Sunday on his 125th birth anniversary by staging his classic play ‘Gaban’ at Tagore Theatre here.

Staged on the third day of the National Drama Festival organised by the Haryana Cultural Affairs and the NCZCC, the play was adapted for theatrical presentation by Dinesh Rai with significant aberrations to bring certain socio-economic issues into focus. Acclaimed thespian director Vibha Mishra had relied on the traditional form of ‘rangmanch’ enmeshed with regional folklore dances and music. Live music and ritual dance sequences weaved in the pastoral as well as urban ambience and augmented the production level bringing it in close proximity with the life of characters. The director ventured to visualise the minute details through the stage craft and acting spells, leaving nothing to symbolic grasp.

The play underlines the complex emotional conflicts frequently developing between the mind and soul as the aspirations in any form are not translated to reality. It is done through the protrayal of the protagonist Jalpa, who has been nursing the dream of a gold necklace in her marriage from her very childhood. Unaware of the financial stringency her husband, Ramanath, hailing from a middle class family, is facing, she compels him for a gift of the gold necklace. Ramanath, however, in a bid to maintain his false aristocrat status, embezzles government money and honours his promise of gifting a gold necklace to his loving wife, Jalpa. He then fleds to Kolkata before the embezzlement is detected. Jalpa rises to the occasion, sells all her jewellery to replenish the government funds and save the honour of her husband. The play progresses to depict their reunion, the playwright paying a tribute to the sacrifice and love of a woman.

The musical repertoire led by Mahesh Rao and light effects by Mohan Dwivedi contributed a lot to the production. Hema Srivastav as junior Jalpa and Shivani Shah as Jalpa, Rajiv Srivastav as Ramanath, Hemlata as Jaggo and Aloke Gachh excelled in their respective roles.

The Akaar Kal Sangam will present a play ‘Chhamak Chhallo’ under the direction of Romesh Manchanda on Monday.



Modelling agency launched

Akimbo Modelling Agency today launched a modelling agency, here. According to Mr Sachwinder Deep Singh, the agency will offer courses in modelling, besides giving aspiring actors and models tips to be successful in the world of acting and modelling. Later a fashion show-cum-dance party was held at a Sector 8 lounge. TNS



Manisha ‘guesses’ to win diamonds

Ms Manisha Oswal was announced the lucky winner of the mega draw of `` Guess ‘n’ Win Diamonds’’ contest that held here today. While the correct price of the diamond jewellery put on display at the win window was Rs 1,98,700, Ms Oswal quoted the guess price at Rs 2,00,000.

According to a press statement, issued here today, there were just 37 entries that fell within the range of Rs 1,90,000 to Rs 2,10,000 and were eligible for the mega draw. TNS


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